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I'm looking to add two NAS boxes to each of our networks (Academic & Admin) to add some ...
2nd February 2009, 12:54 PM #1
Recomendations for a NAS Box
I'm looking to add two NAS boxes to each of our networks (Academic & Admin) to add some extra backup storage.
I'm considering two BuffaloTerastation Pro II NAS boxes. Buffalo Technology - Products - TeraStation Pro™ II Rackmount
Does anyone have any advice or recomendations??
2nd February 2009, 12:59 PM #2
We have 2 NAS setup on 2 £100 Dell servers. I installed 2 250gig HD and installed openfiler for OS. Works a treat, then on server(s) setup a scheduled task and shadow copy.
2nd February 2009, 01:52 PM #3
I'm still wary of the Buffalo NAS's boxes, the AD Integration is still problematic with them so if you wanted that then just be aware that there are still niggles and problems with it.
2nd February 2009, 03:49 PM #4
The Buffalo servers are ok. I have used them for years and never use ad. I set them up with there own users that only school ict people know and a folder with user protection. The only down side with them is if they go wrong. They make it as hard a possible to send them back for repair.
2nd February 2009, 09:16 PM #5
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2nd February 2009, 09:18 PM #6
Make one yourself with Freenas - FreeNAS: The Free NAS Server - Home
Much better than the crappy Buffalo NAS's boxes.
2nd February 2009, 09:19 PM #7
We are running the netgear nas boxes. Cant say i have had any problems with it, though we only use it for storing our backups.
2nd February 2009, 10:05 PM #8
We have a netgear NAS, I forget which one, but we don't feel it is good enough, for the way we are trying to use it.
We have it for use on our staff network, so about 150 staff using it, although most of the teachers (100 or so), save their files locally on their laptop hard disk.
It was supposed to be a central storage for the staff network, to replace the older windows machine, but it is slower than the old machine. It does sometimes "hang" under load, we had a bunch of users who had network profiles, but we found that it was just too slow to load.
As a straight backup, form the other servers, it is fine. Small and shiny...
2nd February 2009, 10:36 PM #9
I would recommend SNAP servers, a bit expensive for a NAS box but the AD integration is excellent, you can copy NFS, AFP shares also to it, you can snapshot the shares and very simple to access the shares whether its a windows or mac client.
can be expensive though I think they retail for about £2500 but you can add more storage as your schools grows and for that reason its a good buy. Used to be Adaptec but now been brought by Overland. Touch wood not had any problems with it but we use it for a mixture of backup and shared drive storage.
2nd February 2009, 10:40 PM #10
saw this thread and was just about to suggest that but got beat to the punch line as usual lol
Originally Posted by mattx
3rd February 2009, 12:41 AM #11
I keep banging on about Freenas [ as people well know ] but you really have to give it a go as it really pi55es all over the other stuff out there you can buy.
Originally Posted by mac_shinobi
Its also so much cheaper as you can buid a basic NAS box yourself for around £500 with a hell of a lot of storage.
You can do much more with a Freenas box and build it to your own requirements.
3rd February 2009, 10:06 AM #12
Just taken delivery of a Firestorm 1.0TB NAS box. Will post some thoughts later.
Thanks to SYSMAN_MK from:
CPLTD (3rd February 2009)
3rd February 2009, 04:53 PM #13
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I've been using the ICYBOX at home for (well more than one tbh), for a while now, and they're amazing. Not sure if it works on a network with integration into its authenticaton systems, but it works fine for simple users.
Could you have people access the NAS with a simple login, or is it that you want more secure, no delete other's files, type of storage?
They do however also make network boxes that can take upto 8Tb. And I would recommend them through and through. Have used Buffer Low, and tbh, they don't do what it says on the tin, except maybe you should 'recycle' it.
If you have the space however, I'd probably just add more storage to the existing hardware you have than to add a NAS, but it depends on what you're intending to do with it? Is it for pupils, staff, media storage (i.e. for say VirtualDrive?)
3rd February 2009, 04:57 PM #14
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Ah sorry I was really busy when I read through, got the NAS but not the story, so I'd say, if its storage, add more drives or replace the current for larger, on existing or use external storage like eSATA to add space.
Is it necessary for everyone to intergrate with the existing logins, or can people share space?
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